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RIP Ken Norton 1943-2013

Written by stevenba. Posted in Sport

Even though a young Mike Tyson was taking the boxing scene by storm and busy turning the heavyweight division upside down whilst I was still at school, it was still Muhammed Ali that classmates still talked about and tried to emulate. Ali transcended the sport in a way that only true greats do, along with the Barry Sheenes and the George Bests of the same era.

However, it would have been difficult for Ali to have made his legend (whether you believe he was the greatest or not), without proving himself against Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, George Foreman or Ken Norton. In Ali’s first bout against Ken Norton in San Diego, 1973, Ali suffered a brokenjaw, yet fought on, a bout which led to only his second defeat after his 1971 defeat against Smokin’ Joe Frazier.